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Best Times to Visit Sedona

The best time to visit Sedona is from March to May when the temperatures are warm -- but not scorching -- and the area is in full bloom. Hikers love this season, as desert flowers add pops of color to the already rust-colored trails. September to November is another ideal time for outdoor activities thanks to mild weather. However, spring and fall travelers should note that these are the most popular times to visit with high room rates. If you're looking for cheaper rooms, consider visiting in the winter; that's when most tourists head farther south for warmer weather.


Nature lovers relish springtime in Sedona, when the desert flora speckles the Red Rocks with yellow, purple and orange. And temperatures, ranging from the mid 60s to the low 80s, make for ideal hiking weather. Just prepare to share Sedona with plenty of other camera-carrying tourists. And in this peak season, you can expect higher room rates and limited availability. Consider making reservations at least a month in advance.

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Summer may see a drop in tourism, but residents of Phoenix and Tucson oftentimes head to Sedona to escape southern Arizona's triple-digit temps. Average highs are in the 90s. You will be able to find some good deals on hotels, but consider booking two or three weeks in advance for the best selection.

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Fall is another popular time. September and October still boast comfortable temperatures (hovering in the high 70s and 80s), so you'll find the best deals if you plan a November trip. Even then it's still a good idea to book your hotel at least three weeks in advance to ensure availability and the best rate.

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Winter marks Sedona's slow season with temperatures reaching the mid 50s on average. Snowfall isn't prevalent, but the region does see a light dusting here and there. However, during these months, Arizona tourists head south for more pleasant weather, leaving Sedona's hotels with plenty of vacancies and bargain prices.

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